LHNCC May 2020 minutes

Notes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council members-only meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 7pm Continue reading

Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group: Members’ Bulletin February 2020

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Bus Users Group)

  • The City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on bus lane operating hours is complete. The outcome is awaited.
  • Bus stop ‘rationalisation’ (i.e. reducing the number of stops): at the time of writing, we hear that on 27 February the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee will decide on an initial ‘pilot’ on a routes from east to south west Edinburgh. We’re planning to send a deputation to that meeting.
  • The Council’s Transport and Environment Committee considered a report on bus priority measures on the A90 in June, and instructed officials to return with something better within two committee cycles. However, this has still not happened.
  • ‘Superbus’ design and access: Lothian Buses has received feedback from users on problems with the interior layout of these. It is hoped there will be more definite news in the near future.
  • Members of the EBUG Committee met Lothian Buses’ management in December to discuss subjects of mutual interest, and agreed to continue meeting on a regular basis.
  • In February, the Council began a two-month consultation on its ‘City Mobility Plan’ (Local Transport Strategy) for the next ten years. You can send in your own comments here. The EBUG Committee will be involved in the consultation. We’d be interested to hear members’ thoughts, via edinburghbususersgroup@btinternet.com
  • ‘The Scotsman’ revealed that car journeys across the Forth had increased since the new bridge opened. The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee had a session with Transport Scotland officials and others to hear about the Forth Crossing Public Transport Strategy (PTS). The PTS was supposed to progress in parallel with the new bridge, to ensure that it did not just result in extra car journeys. Disappointingly, it was quite clear from the evidence given that progress with the PTS has slow to non-existent.
  • Lothian Buses fares went up by 10p per journey in February.
  • We will be holding our first AGM in late May, so keep an eye out for more details!

Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group inaugural meeting, 2 May 2019

(This post is the minutes of the EBUG inaugural meeting on 2 May 2019, except names of EBUG members and attendees have been omitted because LHNCC does not have permission to share such personal details.

The minutes are followed by EBUG’s ‘Outline statement’.

EBUG can be contacted via edinburghbususersgroup@btinternet.com)

Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group, inaugural meeting, 2 May 2019
Friends Meeting House, Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh

Continue reading

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 1 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 01 November at 5:30p Continue reading

2050 Edinburgh City Vision: survey

Following on from a previous post, there is a survey on Edinburgh Council’s consultation hub.

This covers the three components of the ‘Connecting our City, Transforming our Places‘ project ‘will help achieve the Edinburgh 2050 vision; a fairer, thriving, connected and inspired city’. These components are:

  • Edinburgh City Centre Transformation– an action plan for a vibrant and people-focussed capital city centre to improve community, economic and cultural life, working to the following vision. ‘An exceptional city centre that is for all, a place for people to live, work, visit and play. A place that is for the future, enriched by the legacy of the past.’
  • The City Mobility Plan– setting citywide transport policy and actions based around the following vision. ‘Edinburgh will have a cleaner, safer, inclusive and accessible transport system delivering healthier, thriving and fairer capital city, and a higher quality of life for Edinburgh residents’.
  • Low Emission Zones– the Council is taking a comprehensive approach to developing LEZs as a step towards protecting Edinburgh’s citizens from the harms of poor air quality, in line with Scottish Government priorities to introduce LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow by 2020.

As with the previous post, this is an Edinburgh Council exercise.

Consultation: ‘Edinburgh: connecting our city, transforming our places’

(adapted Edinburgh Council’s consultation web-page)

Edinburgh Council invites take part in this survey to tell us what matters to you and how it should develop the best way forward for Edinburgh. Your views will shape multiple projects:

  • Edinburgh City Centre Transformation – an action plan for a vibrant and people-focussed capital city centre to improve community, economic and cultural life, working to the following vision. ‘An exceptional city centre that is for all, a place for people to live, work, visit and play. A place that is for the future, enriched by the legacy of the past.’

 

  • The City Mobility Plan – setting citywide transport policy and actions based around the following vision. ‘Edinburgh will have a cleaner, safer, inclusive and accessible transport system delivering healthier, thriving and fairer capital city, and a higher quality of life for Edinburgh residents’.

 

  • Low Emission Zones – the Council is taking a comprehensive approach to developing LEZs as a step towards protecting Edinburgh’s citizens from the harms of poor air quality, in line with Scottish Government priorities to introduce LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow by 2020.

Please see relevant information here.

LHNCC June 2018 agenda

Shore Room Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate
Tuesday 26 June at 7.00pm

This meeting will comprise the ordinary meeting (7pm to 8:15), followed immediately by the AGM. Continue reading

Buses from Leith to Western General Hospital?

At its February meeting, LHNCC noted that there is no direct bus from Leith to the Western General Hospital – instead people need to alight at Crewe toll, then walk to the hospital. It therefore decided to campaign for the 21 route to be extended into the hospital, as happens with other routes, and to ask neighbouring CCs to join this campaign.

LHNCC wrote to LRT, copying this to neighbouring CCs. Support has been received from Trinity CC, Leith Links CC and Granton & District CCs.

However, LRT has not been so receptive. They have emailed:

Dear [LHNCC]

[Name redacted by LHNCC] has passed on your letter with regards to a potential route change to Service 21, and asked me to review this.

Firstly, thank you for contacting us to provide feedback on behalf of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council. A route revision of Service 21 to serve the Western General Hospital would increase the journey times for the significant number of people travelling through this section of the route who are not going to the hospital. Increased journey times would have the potential to decrease the number of passenger journeys as the service would be seen as less attractive for cross-city travel. Additionally, the extra time needed for this route extension would lead to an increase in the amount of resources required to operate the service in terms of buses and drivers, which would increase operating costs. Continue reading